[ Editor’s Note: Maxwell’s gamble to not testify, which would have exposed her to cross examination, rendered her part of the audience in her own trial. What a shame that Epstein did not have a seat next to her to watch the show.
The case will go on with appeals, plus more victims are waiting in line. Fortunately for Ghislaine she can foot the legal bills. It remains to be seen if she will give up others to get a reduced sentence.
If convicted, she’s looking at a lot of time, a life sentence when you are 60. What money she has left will be pounced on in all the damage cases victims will be going for, now that she has blood in the water with the first case lost.
I would bet she is not going to go down alone, and will want some company from some of the Epstein party crowd that partook of the forbidden fruit. But whether prosecutors would want to take the personal risk to go after some of the infamous Epstein celebrities is anyone’s guess.
It’s a happy day for the many other Epstein and Ghislaine victims, as he is dead and the legal sharks will be circling for whatever is left floating in the water as compensation for their abuse.
This ends my cheery missive for today, especially for these four ladies and the tough road they have had all these years watching the Epstein party roll on and on… Jim W. Dean ]
First published … December 29, 2021
The British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted Wednesday of luring teenage girls to be sexually abused by the American millionaire Jeffrey Epstein.
The verdict capped a month-long trial featuring sordid accounts of the sexual exploitation of girls as young as 14, told by four women who described being abused as teens in the 1990s and early 2000s at Epstein’s palatial homes in Florida, New York and New Mexico.
Jurors deliberated for five full days before finding Maxwell guilty of five of six counts.
…There were bank records showing he [Epstein] had transferred $30.7 million to Maxwell, his longtime companion — one-time girlfriend, later employee.
But the core of the prosecution was the testimony of four women who said they were victimized by Maxwell and Epstein at tender ages.
…Maxwell, 60, vehemently denied the charges through her lawyers. Still, she declined to take the risk of testifying, telling the judge: “The government has not proven its case beyond a reasonable doubt so there is no reason for me to testify.”
…Maxwell still awaits trial on two counts of perjury.
Lawsuits involving the abuse allegations also continue, including one in which a woman not involved in the trial, Virginia Giuffre, says she was coerced into sexual encounters with Prince Andrew when she was 17. Andrew has denied her account and that lawsuit is not expected to come to trial for many months.